President Elect Mariano Rajoy

There are concerns that Spain’s newly-elected right-leaning People’s Party (PP) will reverse the country’s same-sex marriage rights.

The party, headed by President Elect Mariano Rajoy, came into power in a landslide election, winning a majority in Parliament, as Spain faces growing economic turmoil.

Under the previous Socialist government same-sex marriage and adoption rights were made legal.

The PP, however, has vocally opposed these rights and has even launched a Constitutional Court challenge against same-sex marriage.

Rajoy has previously said that he supports civil unions for same sex-couples but does not believe that these should be called marriages.

Francisco Morato, the mayor of a village that has become a popular spot for gays and lesbians to marry, said that he was uneasy about the PP victory.

“I get the feeling that there is a lot of concern,” Morato told

Spain is one of the most progressive countries in the world in regard to LGBT rights. Around 20,000 lesbian and gay couples have married since same-sex marriage was legalised in 2005.

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